T 0944/15: Significant Implications for the Patentability of Computer-Aided Surgery and Therapy Inventions?

Case Law Update – T 0944/15 : the EPO can look beyond the claimed features when assessing the medical method exclusion In a recent Board of Appeal decision, T 0944/15, the Board applied the exclusion on patenting medical methods in a way that could have significant implications for those seeking...

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An improved diagnostic tool isn’t necessarily a technical contribution

The UK IPO’s recent refusal of an application by Ventana Medical Systems sheds some light on the nuanced question of what is considered to constitute a technical contribution when applying the Aerotel test for excluded subject matter. Ventana had filed a patent application describing a way of presenting digital images...

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